Originally Posted by 5263
Thanks for reposting and I really like the professional tone of your comments.
I don't mean to be argumentative, but would like to question some of the points
you made as they relate directly to the OP and what he is asking.
You say the comment about closing the racket head is on his tk back, but I just
don't see that, as it seems he really keeps it pretty open till swinging forward
during alignment for contact. Maybe you can help me see what you have here.
I don't have a problem with what you are calling early prep, but Hunter is looking
to see how this differs from the past where early prep was racket well
behind the back shoulder and racket mostly pointing to back/side fence....not
2 hands on racket directly in front of the back shoulder like Stan here. I guess
calling it early prep is fine, but confusing from a different early prep in classic
It's also hard to say this prep is earlier than Evert and other old schoolers who
ran around the court at times with the racket already in full back position.
IMO Stan is a better example of continuous loop, than early prep and also don't
see why you can't have a loop with a lower tk back. It's more obvious
with a high tk back, but a lower tk back can do a small loop too, right?
thanks for your insights
I never said players today take the racket back earlier. Only that they are more coiled on their forehand prep. As you and Cheetah pointed out, you see more oldschool players like Chris Evert pointing more or less at the ball, while todays players have that off arm pointing more or less at the side fence during their prep.